The 10 most important things in the world right now

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Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday.

1. US president Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn has resigned. It comes amid an uproar over conversations with a Russian ambassador to the US and his broader dealings with Russia.

2. Trump has defended his controversial immigration steps, saying: “I’m just doing what I said I would do.”

3. Trump’s trade-war talk is starting to rattle global investors. Now that he’s in power, markets are starting to realise Trump has a lot more leeway to enact his trade agenda unilaterally than he does to act on the tax and regulatory fronts, where legislators and the judiciary will have a much greater say.

4. Europe was too pessimistic about Brexit’s economic impact on Britain. The European Commission has since hiked its UK GDP growth forecast for this year to 1.5%, up from an earlier estimate of 1% made in November.

5. US plans to hit Venezuela’s vice president with sanctions for “playing a significant role in narcotics trafficking”. A troubling position for the Venezuelan executive vice president Tareck El Aissami whose recent appointment puts him in line to become the country’s next leader.

6. We know why China isn’t more outspoken about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Richard Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations, and author of “A World in Disarray” explains China’s rhetoric on the issue

7. Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has launched comeback bid. He is expected to make a move to reassert his authority over his fractious Democratic Party before an election due in the next year. It comes after he resigned as PM after losing a referendum in December.

8. An Iraqi military air strike has taken out 13 top ISIS leaders. The strike was on a house where the terrorist group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be meeting other commanders.

9. An astonishing image of a Turkish assassin has been named World Press Photo of the Year. The picture depicts the moment Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated by a local police officer Mevlut Mert Altıntas.

10. ISIS has targeted Muslim leaders around the world in a new propaganda video. The terrorist group has called on its followers to kill those who they perceive as enemies for lacking their extremist views.

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